If you have missing teeth, you must consider replacing them to improve your oral health. Dr. Edward Taylor Meiser, Jr. provides advanced solutions for tooth loss including dental implants. This advanced restorative dentistry solution offers a highly effective and permanent solution for people with missing teeth. Lighthouse Dentistry can provide you with a custom implant-supported dental bridge in Annapolis, MD if you suffer multiple missing teeth. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, this dental restoration will last longer and offers better stability, strength, and aesthetics.
What is an Implant-Supported Bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is designed to replace several consecutive missing teeth. It requires two or more dental implants that will anchor a custom dental bridge. Patients will need to undergo surgery where their dentist will insert the dental implants. After several months of healing, the implants will be fused with the jaw bone, creating a durable base to secure the bridge.
The bridge resembles a fixed traditional dental bridge. It will have dental crowns that attach to the implanted titanium posts and the false teeth, called pontics. These pieces are fused to create a single restoration.
What Are The Benefits of an Implant-Supported Bridge
Dental implants provide the best solution for tooth loss. A removable partial denture and a fixed bridge have a few disadvantages. A partial denture will clip on the remaining healthy teeth to hold the restoration in place. This places extra strain on those teeth. A traditional fixed dental bridge requires the anchor teeth to be reduced in size. Your dentist will need to grind them down to make room for the crown portion of the bridge. This extra strain and not weakened teeth are more likely to suffer from damage in the future.
An implant-supported bridge will not harm any surrounding teeth. They also replace the missing teeth at the root, something a traditional fixed bridge and partial dentures do not do. Replacing the roots will help maintain the structural integrity of your jawbone. Avoiding bone deterioration will help hold the natural shape of your face and prevent other teeth from becoming loose.
Any type of restoration that is secured with dental implants will be more secure. This will allow you to eat any kind of food without restrictions. Since the bridge is firmly in place, you will able to use greater chewing force.
How many dental implants will I need for my implant-supported bridge?
The good news is you do not need to replace each tooth with a dental implant. An implant-supported bridge typically replaces anywhere from two to five teeth (sometimes more). This will require the use of at least two dental implants for support, sometimes more. However, the more teeth you are replacing with the bridge, the more dental implants you will need to support it. Maximizing the number of teeth the bridge and implants will support will reduce the total cost of treatment significantly.
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Book A Consultation For An Implant-Supported Bridge In Annapolis, MD
Dr. Meiser will examine your entire mouth to determine if you qualify for dental implants for your missing teeth. He can provide you with an implant-supported bridge in Annapolis, MD if you have several missing teeth in a row and qualify for teeth implants. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Meiser by calling 410-324-7287 or you can also request an appointment online.